Fire at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester

Fire at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. Picture by David Rhodes-Francis

Fire at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. Picture by Harry Parkhill

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

Fire at hospital

First published in Winchester Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

STAFF and patients have been evacuated from a Hampshire hospital after a fire broke out.

The blaze at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester is understood to have started in a building housing an MRI and a CT scanner at about 4pm.

Ten fire engines and three vehicles with aerial ladder platforms are on the scene.

The hospital is reported to be well alight but there are no casualties, a hospital spokesman said.

Patients are being evacuated to other parts of the hospital. The accident and emergency department has been closed to ambulances.

The MRI and CT unit is some way away from the main wards.

Emergency services have closed Romsey Road, a major route through the city centre, causing traffic to grind to a halt.

Dr Chris Gordon, acting chief executive of the trust that runs the hospital, said: "My understanding is that we've had a fire in the MRI and CT scanner room and maybe in the roof of the building.

"We have evacuated the X-ray department, accident and emergency and five operating theatres and the intensive care units.

"There was surgery going on at the time and those patients have also had to be evacuated.

"As far as I know no one has been injured and no one has come to harm as a consequence of that evacuation."

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Incident commander for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Dan Tasker said: “When we arrived we found a very large and developing fire in the MRI unit. It was well established and starting to spread.

“The hospital did a wonderful job in evacuating patients which allowed us to deal with the fire very, very quickly.

“I can’t the praise the crews enough for the work they’ve done this evening.

“We've attacked the fire now from all four sides and we are closing in and making sure every part is extinguished.

“Given its ferocity we are going to be here for another three or four hours yet.

“We take all types of fires seriously, but this is particularly serious.”

Staff at Southampton General Hospital have been put on standby in case they are needed to treat any injuries.

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7:01pm Fri 9 Dec 11

Redhat says...

Once again a great job by the Fire Service and the hospital for evacuating to make the job easier for those brave guys :) .
Once again a great job by the Fire Service and the hospital for evacuating to make the job easier for those brave guys :) . Redhat
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7:18pm Fri 9 Dec 11

judy.pain says...

i would just like to thank all the staff at the hospital involved today and all the emergency services for preventing this tragedy being a great deal worse well done to all and a huge thankyou
i would just like to thank all the staff at the hospital involved today and all the emergency services for preventing this tragedy being a great deal worse well done to all and a huge thankyou judy.pain
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8:19pm Fri 9 Dec 11

JP Davis says...

It's a good thing that the hospital and emergency staff are more professional in their job than the Echo proof reader for your last paragraph in this article!
It's a good thing that the hospital and emergency staff are more professional in their job than the Echo proof reader for your last paragraph in this article! JP Davis
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9:21am Sat 10 Dec 11

For pity sake says...

JP Davis wrote:
It's a good thing that the hospital and emergency staff are more professional in their job than the Echo proof reader for your last paragraph in this article!
Don't forget - WE are the proof readers.
Soon after someone points out an error on this forum, the article is often changed (as evidenced in this case).
[quote][p][bold]JP Davis[/bold] wrote: It's a good thing that the hospital and emergency staff are more professional in their job than the Echo proof reader for your last paragraph in this article![/p][/quote]Don't forget - WE are the proof readers. Soon after someone points out an error on this forum, the article is often changed (as evidenced in this case). For pity sake
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9:34am Sat 10 Dec 11

Lone Ranger. says...

Well done the ordinary people named as nurses and firefighters... absolutely brilliant.
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Of course all Public Sector ...... Where would we be without them ......... may soon find out !!
Well done the ordinary people named as nurses and firefighters... absolutely brilliant. . Of course all Public Sector ...... Where would we be without them ......... may soon find out !! Lone Ranger.
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10:53am Sat 10 Dec 11

Shoong says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Well done the ordinary people named as nurses and firefighters... absolutely brilliant.
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Of course all Public Sector ...... Where would we be without them ......... may soon find out !!
Nice one, you've taken a potential disaster & something that will cost the RHCH millions of pounds to replace & managed to get a snipe in.

Class.

Glad to hear no-one was hurt.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Well done the ordinary people named as nurses and firefighters... absolutely brilliant. . Of course all Public Sector ...... Where would we be without them ......... may soon find out !![/p][/quote]Nice one, you've taken a potential disaster & something that will cost the RHCH millions of pounds to replace & managed to get a snipe in. Class. Glad to hear no-one was hurt. Shoong
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11:40am Sat 10 Dec 11

Lone Ranger. says...

Shoong wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Well done the ordinary people named as nurses and firefighters... absolutely brilliant.
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Of course all Public Sector ...... Where would we be without them ......... may soon find out !!
Nice one, you've taken a potential disaster & something that will cost the RHCH millions of pounds to replace & managed to get a snipe in.

Class.

Glad to hear no-one was hurt.
No Snipe ...... Just facts.
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It wont cost RHCH a penny as i would expect there is insurance.
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Perhaps it just highlights the value of some professions/people as opposed the continual slagging off by posters such as yourself.
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Now thats Class
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Well done the ordinary people named as nurses and firefighters... absolutely brilliant. . Of course all Public Sector ...... Where would we be without them ......... may soon find out !![/p][/quote]Nice one, you've taken a potential disaster & something that will cost the RHCH millions of pounds to replace & managed to get a snipe in. Class. Glad to hear no-one was hurt.[/p][/quote]No Snipe ...... Just facts. . It wont cost RHCH a penny as i would expect there is insurance. . Perhaps it just highlights the value of some professions/people as opposed the continual slagging off by posters such as yourself. . Now thats Class Lone Ranger.
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11:50pm Sun 11 Dec 11

SotonGreen says...

Given this happened I wonder what people think about the appropriateness of this saturdays casualty episode, seems a little insensitive not to pull it to me.
Given this happened I wonder what people think about the appropriateness of this saturdays casualty episode, seems a little insensitive not to pull it to me. SotonGreen
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